Jack of all trades

A person who has many talents, can perform a lot of things with some degree of skill, is often referred to as A Jack of all trades. It is not a glamorous title, in fact it is not used in a complimentary tone. A Jack is the third highest card in the deck, after the King and the Queen. But being a Jack of all trades, implies that you are master of none!

I grew up with three brothers and was something of a tomboy in my teens. My father was very interested in teaching us kids how to fix things. But my brothers, being boys weren’t much into learning all that stuff and I was the one who learned a lot of handy tricks. I could not only change a bulb, but a socket too. Could rewire an electrical device like a lamp, fan and fix a fuse as well. This made me very useful to have around, specially when my friends, all girls needed something fixed. I learned the girly stuff too, from my grand mother like cooking, baking and sewing. I could knit, embroider and paint too. As I became an adult and was introduced to a computer, I learned how to program it, compress files, reprogram it and all sorts of tricks in between.

So where am I going with all this- that I am a Jack of all trades but I didn’t master any of the skills. But I am happy with my skill level. It saves me a lot of hassle, time and money. I mostly manage to fix the things that need fixing. I also can improvise and make do if I don’t have a specific thing for a specific job. And the sense of satisfaction I get is the best thing about this talent.

So it’s not bad! Being a Jack! Or the handyman as my kids sometimes joke!

Have you any skill in this area?

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JusJoJan 6th Jan



35 thoughts on “Jack of all trades

  1. Wow you are talented. I wish I was as handy as you. I’m skilled in mostly administrative stuff, writing and some oratorical skills. I have some skills in hair and makeup application as well.
    This is a nice post. I learned something about you. πŸ€—

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  2. I remember Pappy Davis telling me “Pay attention kid, I’m only going to show you this once.” You got a smack upside the back of the head if you didn’t pay attention. it was good motivation to pay attention and learn how to do things. bravo to you for jumping in there and learning how to do things. πŸ™‚

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  3. I do not have many fix-it skills, though when I feel like it, I learn new things. In the past, other people always did things for me and I was very spoiled. Now, I have to take care of myself 100%, but it’s actually better this way. No one nags or criticizes me! πŸ™‚

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  4. After all these years in my life, I’ve become incredibly happy with the role of Jack of All Trades – it keeps life interesting and me curious about it while I’m living it. Sounds like you do the same!! YAY Go Team Jacks!

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  5. I too am a Jack. Or Jill of all trades. I do not have enough patience to become a master of anything though a few at work might tell you otherwise. I also get bored easily and like to switch things up.

    I took this route with my post not thinking others would do same. I like to read after posting my own ramble which is stream of consciousness style even on days other than Saturday. :). Happy Sunday to you! I really enjoyed your post and your prompt word choice of master was a good one :).

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  6. Hi, Sadje! Thanks for the interesting prompt word today! Love your thoughts about ‘master’, and jack of all trades. Sounds pretty useful to know how to fix things when needed. πŸ™‚

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